Tales from the front lines of a falle...

Tales from the front lines of a fallen economy

There are 11 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Oct 15, 2008, titled Tales from the front lines of a fallen economy. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

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Tired Voter

Arlington, VA

#2 Oct 15, 2008
I notice that restaurants have a lot more empty tables these days.
Six months ago, the place where I ate lunch yesterday had lines and it was difficult to find a table. On my latest visit, I walked in, immediately placed my order and looked around to find 90% of the tables vacant. Months of sky-high gasoline prices and the resultant inflation running through the economy have forced people to curtail discretionary spending. With 401k plans melting away, we can only expect people to cut back further.
Jeff

Greer, SC

#3 Oct 15, 2008
THE BUSH wrecking ball on the USA is now 24/7 and THE BUSH has even requested more resources to completely destabilze the USA by Christmas.... Looks like he might succeed the USA is starting to succomb to THE BUSH...
Jimbo

AOL

#4 Oct 15, 2008
Ron Smith must be a very insecure individual! Why else would he enjoy so much going on one of his rants every five minutes on his radio show. He needs to hear the sound of his own voice condemning this or prophesying that to validate his existence. But Ron, in his fairytale, "magical thinking" delusions doesn't stop there because he has a penchant for scheduling mostly guests that only agree with him and, you guessed it, reinforces still more that only he is right and the rest of us can got to hell. Now that's what I call a terrific racket. He actually gets paid for maintaining a self fulfilling prophesy. I wonder if Ronny was forced to schedule more and more guests as his listener call-in's dried up?
In a way, I was sorry to see that the venerable Baltimore Sun newspaper would lower its standards far enough to allow good old Ron to write a column every Wednesday. After all, Smith has been one of the Sun's harshest critics for the last ten years because of his perception that they have a left- leaning philosophy. However, lo and behold, he's writing for them. My, my, Ron, do you know how to spell hypocrite? Then again, this weeks piece, "Tales from the front lines...", is similar to the cotton candy fluff that passes for entertaining dialogue on his show. You read it looking for substance then wonder why you wasted your time. So you see folks, even a guy who likes to play Charlton Heston playing Moses can change his opinion if the price is right. Oh, I'm sorry. It's called "another point of view." Yeah, sure! That's something that Smith's show, for the most part, seems to be missing. As for me, I'll stick to listening to National Public Radio because that's where the adults are. For straight news with no spin and for lively discussions of current topics that include both proponents and opponents, you can't beat NPR.
Now that I've brought up NPR, look for Ronny Smith to tell us all how much he hates it because it's too liberal, to progressive, and just plain too not him. The "Voice of Reason" is one insecure dude!

Since: Sep 07

Baltimore, MD

#5 Oct 15, 2008
Jimbo wrote:
I'll stick to listening to National Public Radio because that's where the adults are. For straight news with no spin and for lively discussions of current topics that include both proponents and opponents, you can't beat NPR.
Now that I've brought up NPR, look for Ronny Smith to tell us all how much he hates it because it's too liberal, to progressive, and just plain too not him. The "Voice of Reason" is one insecure dude!
Okay, Jimbo! You put out the tease! Now, please, tell us about this NEW NPR station that doesn't spin the news the way the existing stations spin the news. Please tell us where to find this new station.

Or perhaps it is one of the old NPR stations where you hear people who share your opinions and that pleases you. Ron Smith talks to people and listeners who are inclined to hear him as reasonable. NPR hosts and listeners are no different.

Isn't this a beautiful day!
arrtee

Abingdon, MD

#6 Oct 15, 2008
Jimbo wrote:
Ron Smith must be a very insecure individual! Why else would he enjoy so much going on one of his rants every five minutes on his radio show. He needs to hear the sound of his own voice condemning this or prophesying that to validate his existence. But Ron, in his fairytale, "magical thinking" delusions doesn't stop there because he has a penchant for scheduling mostly guests that only agree with him and, you guessed it, reinforces still more that only he is right and the rest of us can got to hell. Now that's what I call a terrific racket. He actually gets paid for maintaining a self fulfilling prophesy. I wonder if Ronny was forced to schedule more and more guests as his listener call-in's dried up?
In a way, I was sorry to see that the venerable Baltimore Sun newspaper would lower its standards far enough to allow good old Ron to write a column every Wednesday. After all, Smith has been one of the Sun's harshest critics for the last ten years because of his perception that they have a left- leaning philosophy. However, lo and behold, he's writing for them. My, my, Ron, do you know how to spell hypocrite? Then again, this weeks piece, "Tales from the front lines...", is similar to the cotton candy fluff that passes for entertaining dialogue on his show. You read it looking for substance then wonder why you wasted your time. So you see folks, even a guy who likes to play Charlton Heston playing Moses can change his opinion if the price is right. Oh, I'm sorry. It's called "another point of view." Yeah, sure! That's something that Smith's show, for the most part, seems to be missing. As for me, I'll stick to listening to National Public Radio because that's where the adults are. For straight news with no spin and for lively discussions of current topics that include both proponents and opponents, you can't beat NPR.
Now that I've brought up NPR, look for Ronny Smith to tell us all how much he hates it because it's too liberal, to progressive, and just plain too not him. The "Voice of Reason" is one insecure dude!
Jimbo - For a non-listener, you seem to know a lot about the Ron Smith show.
Unbelievable

Baltimore, MD

#7 Oct 15, 2008
Our 10-year-old grandson has R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" as his cell ringtone. Apparently, the talk of a downturn has reached all the way into the fifth grade.

That my dear is what is wrong with this economy. A 10 year old who HAS a cell phone. I'll bet his parents pay for the internet plan also. He can not only download ring tones, he can surf the internet anytime his little heart desires.
I see welfare people walking around the street with cell phones stuck to their ears while the trash lies in the alley ways of their neighborhood. I have seen 2 men standing on a street corner with cell phones attached to their ears while a 2 year old sits in a basket one takes to the grocery store, not a stroller.
America is not poor, America is Stupid. America has lost its soul. America has lost its values. America has bought into a liberal mentality that requires no self discipline except for the conservative base.
BAT

Bethpage, NY

#8 Oct 15, 2008
Jeff wrote:
THE BUSH wrecking ball on the USA is now 24/7 and THE BUSH has even requested more resources to completely destabilze the USA by Christmas.... Looks like he might succeed the USA is starting to succomb to THE BUSH...
I'm no fan of Bush, but you seem to forget that there's a congress and a lot of other government entitites that tag team many of these wrecking ball actions with him. You say yourself that he's "even REQUESTED more resources." Who is he requesting it from if he's a one man wrecking crew?
Michael

Baltimore, MD

#9 Oct 15, 2008
Jimbo is a douche. He reminds me of Rick from "The Young Ones."

Good article Ron.
rick

Glen Burnie, MD

#10 Oct 15, 2008
Jimbo you weren't listening when Ron was getting beaten over the head every day for weeks and months because of his stand on Iraq and/or the Patriot Act.
hank

United States

#11 Oct 16, 2008
Jimbo you can't really listen to Ron's show.He has had a lot of liberal kooks on his program over the years.Frank Diflippo is on every week.Try listening you might learn something.The Sun was smart for trying to actually show some balance by getting Ron to write for them.
BAT

Bethpage, NY

#12 Oct 16, 2008
Michael wrote:
Jimbo is a douche. He reminds me of Rick from "The Young Ones."
Good article Ron.
Hahah, you're very right.

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